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5650 Air Ministry Issue Oldham Head Torch - Click for the bigger picture SoldAir Ministry Issue Oldham Head Torch - This is the second example of an RAF issue head torch we are listing today. This one comes complete with its original issue storage case which is named on the hinge to the original owner W.T.Dafle but judging by the condition it appears to be virtually unused. Oldham & Son Ltd. Denton Manchester were established in 1865 and by 1887 began to manufacture machinery and equipment for coal mining, which included battery-powered miners' lamps. It appears this Air Ministry head lamp may have evolved from Oldham’s earlier work on mining lamps. The metal battery box is marked with the company name and further embossed ‘ Battery Container Ref 5A/1968’ with a Kings Crown and A.M. Unlike the other example this one is also marked CW.The box has a belt clip and hanging hook to the rear and is switched. This is connected to the head lamp via a cable. The wire has minor wear to one section of insulation caused by long storage in the box. The transit case carries an elasticated strap to enable the lamp to be attached to the head (or helmet) to leave both hands free for more important work. The strap is stamped Ref 5A/1969 and again AM and a Kings Crown. Other than minor rust to metal clips it is close to mint and probably never used. The lamp fitting on this example is to a different pattern to the other and is finished in chrome. These units would have been issued on RAF stations in WW11 and would have been used by a variety of aircraftsmen including mechanics, armourers or anyone working at night who needed to keep his (or her) hands free. We have assumed these units were for ground crew use only although it seems possible they may have also been used by aircrew. We have never seen a boxed example of this lamp before and is an interesting variant on the other example listed today we have no idea if it still functions so like all the kit on offer is offered for sale for display purposes only
4709 Air Ministry Issue Oldham Head Torch - Click for the bigger picture SoldAir Ministry Issue Oldham Head Torch - Oldham & Son Ltd. Denton Manchester were established in 1865 and by 1887 began to manufacture machinery and equipment for coal mining, which included battery-powered miners' lamps. It appears this Air Ministry head lamp may have evolved from Oldham’s earlier work on mining lamps. The metal battery box is marked with the company name and further embossed ‘ Battery Container Ref 5A/1968’ with a Kings Crown and A.M. The box has a belt clip and hanging hook to the rear and is switched. This is connected to the head lamp via a cable and the lamp carries an elasticated strap (now somewhat stretched) to enable it to be attached to the head (or helmet) to leave both hands free for more important work. The strap is stamped Ref 5A/1969 and again AM and a Kings Crown. These units would have been issued on RAF stations in WW11 and would have been used by a variety of aircraftsmen including mechanics, armourers or anyone working at night who needed to keep his (or her) hands free. We have assumed these units were for ground crew use only although it seems possible they may have also been used by aircrew. In remarkably good issued condition although we have no idea if it still functions so like all the kit on offer is offered for sale for display purposes only
405b RAF Christmas Military Airgraph - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Christmas Military Airgraph - This is an early form of fax enabling servicemen to send special greetings to loved ones in WWII. This example dated 10/11/42 (the sender was not taking any chances on wartime Christmas mail-nothing changes!) and was sent by LAC D.Ashburner who was with 119 Maintenance Unit RAF serving with Persian and Iraq Forces. The Airgraph, which is stamped ‘authorised by the Egyptian Postal Administration’ is addressed to Miss Dorthea Morton living in Cannock, Staffordshire, England. The message reads simply‘Christmas Greetings. You are still in my thoughts always ’ and is signed Douglas xxxxxx. The image is of a square rigged vessel under full sail. The message has been checked and stamped by the RAF censor and we hope it was successfully delivered to the recipient 73 years ago. We also hope LAC Douglas Morton safely returned at war’s end to his sweetheart in Cannock. Nicely framed for display and would make an ideal and unique Christmas present for RAF collector in your life! This is an original items and not a reprint or copy. Measures 8.75” x 6.75”(22cm x17cm.)
5651 Battle of Britain Pilot's Armband Bracelet - Click for the bigger picture SoldBattle of Britain Pilot's Armband Bracelet - This unique piece carries the initials M R to the central link and between them is an image of the Polish Pilots wings or ‘Polski Lotniczy Orzel Wojskowy’. On each of the adjoining links is an embossed Polish National Eagle. This item was purchased from a deceased ladies estate here in England and came with photographs and letters named to Mieczyslaw Rozwadowski although we were not successful in purchasing the relating items. Sadly the association has been lost but we speculate this was given by Rozwadowski as a present to the unnamed lady friend and she kept it as a keepsake until her death. Rozwadowski was born in Poland on 30th May 1915 and was serving in the Polish Air Force before WW11. In September 1939 he was in action with PAF 111 Squadron and on the 8th he shared in the destruction of a Hs126. When Poland fell, Rozwadowski escaped to join the Polish airmen congregating in Romania. He did not follow the route taken by many of his comrades to France and service in the Armee de l'Air, but made his way directly to England. He was commissioned into the RAF as a Pilot Officer on 24 January 1940 service number 76720. When his training was completed he was posted to 151 Squadron based at Martlesham Heath on Hurricanes. Sadly Rozwadowski failed to return from an Op over the Channel off Dover on 15th August flying Hurricane I V 7410. The Squadrons operational record book for that day reports: ‘Today the Squadron had a busy day. At 14.45 hours the squadron took off from Rochford and ran into a formation of Me 109’s a few miles West of Dover. P/O Debenham followed one Me 109 and it crashed in France, P/O Ellacombe and P/O Rozwadowski (Polish) both shot one down, P/O Ellacombe’s in flames and the other into the sea’. Rozwadowski, then aged 25, was reported missing in action and is commemorated on the Polish Air Force Memorial at Northolt. He was awarded the The Cross of Valour gazetted 10th September 1941 and Bar (gazetted 31st October 1947).This was awarded in wartime to an individual who "has demonstrated deeds of valour and courage on the field of battle." This poignant reminder of one of the Polish ‘Few’ carries no makers marks but is finished in a silver metal with the initials and the plots wing picked out in gold. It is in good used condition with a little wear showing to the links with the clasp in good working order. It measures 8.25” long (21 cm). It is possible Pilot Officer Rozwadowski wore this himself as an ID bracelet but we believe it is more likely it was given as a gift to his unnamed lady friend back in the summer of 1940. Like we have said so many times before if only it could talk it would certainly have a story to tell. All Battle of Britain related memorabilia is now scarce and items relating to the Polish members of 'the Few' are even scarcer.
5277 RAF Issue Mk 111 Flying Goggles - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Issue Mk 111 Flying Goggles - On offer are a very fine set of increasingly scarce and desirable Air Ministry issue Mk 111 goggles stores reference 22C/69. This set I have owned in my own collection since 2010 but as I have another pair I am now letting these go. They are rather special in that they came in their own rubberised canvas case made from the same material used for escape map pouches. We have no idea if this was an issue case or just something the owner used to pop them into when not in use. Either way it is named to G.B.Butterwick who we surmise was the chap these were originally issued to. They did not come with any history and we have been unable to ID him although we did locate a chap with same name and initials who flew with the R.F.C. in WW1. The goggles are way above the average and meet or exceed the collectors maxim ‘buy the best example you can afford’.Interestingly they are fitted with light blue turquoise tinted lenses. I checked with Mick Prodger when I bought them and he has seen this specification before and confirms there is reference to ‘tinted lenses’ in the relevant AP’s so a super rare variant of the pattern. The Perspex lenses are excellent although they do have some scratches which was a design fault with this pattern and the 111A’s. Leather parts are all good. Only issue is the inner padding is dried and hard as normal but seems to be a standard fault with every pair of these we have seen. The folding hinge and hinge stops are all good. Most of the black paint is in place on the brass frames with just minor age rub. All four screws are original and in place. The nose cover is excellent with hardly any scuffs on the face pad leather and they have clearly been looked after. The back strap is exceptional and canvas spring covers are mint and the springs function perfectly. The leather part of the back strap is perfect as well as are the metal fittings with no rust of corrosion. The friction adjust buckle is stamped WILL NOT RUST and despite the passing years this is true! The back strap is fully stamped with A Crown M REF 22C/69 and on line below :Goggles Mk 111 CL * 6925/39/CL.So no doubt these are British Air Ministry issued not the more common and less desirable RCAF version which mainly seem to turn up these days. The Mk111 entered service in 1935 and intended for open cockpit use. The 111A came in in 1936 and designed for closed cockpit but clearly they did not supersede Mk111’s as these carry a 1939 date code. Grab them whilst you can as they won’t be with us for long!
6448 Japanese Army Air Force Winter Flying Helmet - Click for the bigger picture SoldJapanese Army Air Force Winter Flying Helmet - A good issued example of a pattern which is normally associated with bomber aircrew. The helmet is fished in dark brown leather with the Army ‘star’ motif stitched to the brow, which is complete and in good condition. The leather is generally good but is a little hard with minor cracks in places to the finish. Pressed hardened leather ear cups are fitted and on the inside both are fully stamped with the two kanji (Chinese characters) indicating a 'honshou' stamp which is official approval stamp that certify the helmet is the product of the army factory. The other character confirms the helmet was manufactured in the period 'Shouwa 15', which translates to the year 1940, so this is a pre Pearl Harbour example. The two press studs to fastened goggle straps are in place and working as is an adjustable leather strap at the rear of the helmet. The metal rings show normal age wear. Below the chin strap rings is the Chinese character 'CHU' which translated means the helmet is medium size. Inside the helmet carries a synthetic fur lining which shows some age wear. Whilst this helmet is not mint and it has clearly seen service but is still a very decent untouched display example of an increasingly rare WW11 pattern. Many thanks to my good friend Mr Yasu Kikuchi for invaluable help in identifying accurately this item!
OC382
This is a Used Book
Royal Air Force and Army Air Corps - Click for the bigger picture SoldRoyal Air Force and Army Air Corps

A good used example of the 4th edition published in 1962 by Ian Allan and compiled by John W.R.Taylor. It is appropriate to be listing this copy now as it features a fine period picture of an Avro Vulcan on the cover and it is this month (October 2015) that Vulcan XH558 will be making her last ever flight, 62 years after her first! Opening the pages of this booklet is like going back in time. It goes into some detail of how the RAF and was organised over 50 years ago and details the aircraft they operated then. It covers the various commands, training, methods of entry, aircraft colours and a section on ranks, badges and insignia. This in turn leads onto a wealth of black and white photographs of the aircraft operated at that time and leading off with the Avro Vulcan which first flew on 3rd September 1953. It concludes with a tantalising glimpse of the Hawker P.1127 vertical take off strike fighter which went on to serve with distinction as the Harrier. Less satisfactory is a mention of the Vickers/English Electric TSR-2 bomber which ‘will combine Mach 2 performance with the ability to operate from very short airstrips’.Or not. The back cover featured an advertisement for Airfix model aircraft which back in 1962 I was a prime customer! 64 pages of nostalgia at a very modest price!

Pages: 64
Cover: Soft
Author: J.W.R.Taylor

OC381
This is a Used Book
The RAF 'GEN BOOK' - Click for the bigger picture SoldThe RAF 'GEN BOOK'

Here, at Oldnautibits HQ, we get to see all sorts of items and this little booklet entitled "The RAF Gen Book of Service Slang", has caused us much amusement!

We understand that the book was compiled by Ernest L. Howard-Williams, who used the pseudonym "HW" - "HW" was a serving WWII RAF Officer when he compiled the book. The inside cover is named to "D. Billingham - Xmas 1945". The book contains an alphabetical guide to WWII RAF slang, together with a range of cartoons that illustrate the meaning of many of the expressions.

What makes this copy rather special is someone, perhaps D.Billingham himself, has hand coloured all the illustrations. In addition, in the "gen" listings he has added in pencil some more of his own like "Twilight.... See Passion Killers", which are also featured in one of the cartoons! Another addition is Penguin - a rank without wings, or in other words non aircrew personnel. Other examples are a "Fizzer", who was a good looking girl, or a perfect landing, a "Target for Tonight" is a girlfriend, a "Devil Dodger" is the RAF Chaplin. Confusingly, both "Blackouts" and "Passion Killers" are WAAF's knickers! A "Jeep" is apparently a local girl, or a small runabout, or possibly both?

This paperback booklet shows some wear commensurate with age, but generally very good and, as we have said, has caused a lot of amusement here in the Oldnautibits HQ! With the festive season on us before very long, this would be an excellent unique stocking filler at a modest price. Click the cycling images above, to see the Slideshow

Pages: 32
Cover: Soft
Author: Ernest L. Howard-Williams,

5525 Boeing B-17F Exhaust Manifold - Click for the bigger picture SoldBoeing B-17F Exhaust Manifold - Another item from the Grafton Underwood collection. Whilst the other parts listed today are in relic condition this item appears to be in perfect shape with no obvious damage. It is made of welded steel construction and carries a clear data plate giving the full specification so unlike the other pieces we know exactly what we have here. The plate confirms ex B-17F plus drawing nos 55-61954 and contract nos W-535-AC20292 as well as Material Spec AN-00-S-757. The manufacturers are shown as ‘Aircraft Section Fischer Body Detroit, General Motor Corporation’.The delivery date is even shown at 2.08.43. Given time it may just be possible to find which engine and perhaps the actual B-17 F this manifold was fitted to. Judging by condition it had to be replaced, rather than crash recovered, leading to it ending in our avid WW11 child collectors scrap heap -although it must surely have been priceless to him at the time! We speculate like in the classic Johnny Cash song, had the war gone on long enough he could have constructed a complete Fortress in his back garden! This piece is large measuring 28" x 16” (70 cm x 41 cm) so please check with us on delivery costs to your destination before ordering.
5527 Aircraft Access Panel Ex USAAF Base Grafton Underwood - Click for the bigger picture SoldAircraft Access Panel Ex USAAF Base Grafton Underwood - On offer are further relic items from our Grafton Underwood collection. Firstly we have an access panel, again probably from a crashed B-17. This still has the majority of its olive drab paint to the outside as well as Northamptonshire mud. The items has clearly not been touched since it was recovered from the ground. The mud still attached to the unpainted inside indicates this part was unbolted from larger section of airframe after it came down. The remains of stencilling is shown on the inside face. Not easy to distinguish now but we presume it identified the location of the panel. Included with this lot are two aluminium frame parts of curved form and again showing original olive paint and evidence ground recovered. One is tamped 930 in a box. The final item in this grouping looks more like a BBQ spit rather than an aircraft part! However it marking 41-8184 seems to confirm otherwise. It is made from stainless steel but function and location on the aircraft is a complete mystery The larger panel section measures 30" x 10.5” (76 cm x 27 cm)
5526 Aircraft relic from 384 Bomb Group Grafton Underwood - Click for the bigger picture SoldAircraft relic from 384 Bomb Group Grafton Underwood - Another item from our Grafton Underwood collection. We are unsure what part this is although we speculated could have formed part of the control column linkage as the central shaft twists which in turn rotates the drive via a 90 degree link at the base. It also moves forward and back. One thing for sure it is profusely marked and the fact it is clearly stamped ‘Boeing’ leads us to surmise, like the other parts we have listed today, this was another crash relic recovered from a B-17 Fortress. In addition to the Boeing l stamp it is marked BE and 43-8755 and elsewhere 43-8743, 43-8756, ALCOA-157R, U 995 and others stamps. So if any visitor to the site can confirm what and where this came from on the aircraft we can add a more authoritative description! Condition is generally good and the mechanism still works and one of the bolts is still wired. Measures 29 “ (74 cm)
5532 384 Bomb Group B-17G Exhaust Stub Relic - Click for the bigger picture Sold384 Bomb Group B-17G Exhaust Stub Relic - Another item from the small Grafton Underwood collection we have purchased. With this one we have some clues to its origin as we have a ticket attached. This is marked ‘AAFES Form 6900-112’.We believe this to be from the’ Army and Air Force Exchange Services’ which was established in 1895 and was and is the retailer on US Army and Air Force bases. On the reverse is hand written ‘From 384 B.G. B-17 crashed Nr Weldon 1.08.44 during assembly.’ Below is written ‘42-9702’. We checked on line and on 1 August 1944 a B-17G, which was named ‘Green Mountain Girl’ serial nos 42-97072 crashed at Grafton Underwood/ S106 and the aircraft was written off beyond repair. In addition we found 384 BG was tasked on that day to bomb airfields, bridges and tactical targets in France. It seems B-17 G serial Nos 42-97072 sadly never made it. The relic, which we believe could be part of the exhaust system, is badly crushed but carries an intact data plate reading: ‘ Installation Instructions. Install bolts snug not tight. Back off 1/2 Turn and Safety Wire.’ Worthy of further research. Measures 20” (50cm)
5531 Radio USAAF Radio Compass DF Loop LP-21-AK Antennae - Click for the bigger picture SoldRadio USAAF Radio Compass DF Loop LP-21-AK Antennae - This great item comes with interesting provenance. The story associated is that in WW11 a small boy was living close to the perimeter of the USAAF base at Grafton Underwood. He became friendly with and was ‘adopted’ by some of the chaps stationed on the base and like most small boys had a fascination with all aspects of life therein. Over a period of time he acquired a number of souvenirs from obsolete equipment or from aircraft that crashed on or near the base. In early July 1942, the 97th Bombardment Group arrived at Grafton Underwood with 342 and 343rd Squadrons operating the Boeing B-17E Flying Fortress aircraft. The collection of souvenirs we have purchased would seem to relate to this period or later. We understand these antennae were used on a variety of AAF aircraft but because of its association with Grafton Underwood we believe this and other relic parts purchased are all from ‘the Flying Fortress.’ This item is still in original olive green paintwork which is now showing signs of service use with minor corrosion. The mount and electrical connections are still in place and it is clearly marked Loop LP-21-AM.The underside of the mount carries two male sockets, one engraved PL-108 and the other PL-112. We understand these loop antenna picked up ground based signals that were then fed to the radio compass to enable blind approaches to be made accurately in bad weather. Sadly we have no information of which aircraft this was fitted to but would make an imposing display item in a USAAF related collection. Measures 26” x 16” (66 cm x 41 cm). Please also check out the other relic items we will also be listing, all from the same collection.
4948 RAF Type H Oxygen Mask - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Type H Oxygen Mask - First issued in early 1944 the H mask replaced the earlier G pattern and it remained in RAF service, with minor modifications, for the remainder of the 20th century. This example Stores Reference 6D/2244098 is broad arrow marked and was manufactured in January 1983 and has never been issued. When purchased it came complete in its original packaging with attached documentation that confirmed it was declared ‘Serviceable’ by 16 Maintenance Unit Stafford when last checked in December 1997! This example is marked ‘Small’ and is fitted with an Amplivox 13100 microphone and mint communication cord and male plug. A full elastic harness is fitted, again in unissued condition, with snaps and clips to use with RAF C, D & E pattern flying helmets as well as the later G. The harness also features the reversible ‘quick connect’ loops for use with the later metal oxygen mask hooks. If the mask is required without the elastic webbing harness please contact us for a separate price. Despite now being 32+ years old this example is effectively mint and boxed and is in factory fresh condition inside and out. Like all items offered on the site this is for sale as a collectable only, although subject to the correct checks we feel it is highly likely it is still in working condition but we can’t guarantee this. These masks are no longer in production so grab the opportunity now to purchase one of the last genuine ‘mint and boxed’ examples whilst our very limited stocks remain.
6427 Mk11 First Aid Pack for Air Crews - Click for the bigger picture SoldMk11 First Aid Pack for Air Crews - These packs were exclusively issued for aircrew use in WW11 and were designed to be carried in their service dress or battledress uniform or in a pocket in the Sidcot flying suit. The pack is made from waterproof rubberised canvas and as well as containing standard field dressing items it also contains a specialist medical kit primarily intended for treating burns. A full list of the contents is printed on both sides of the pack as well as basic opening and usage instructions. The pack is also stamped with a red cross, an AM and a Kings Crown. This is a scarce early Mk11 set and unusually it has never been opened, so will contain its full contents as issued. The pack is in good display condition but one side has very slight staining and the reverse (not shown in our photograph) is partially faded perhaps due to exposure to the sun. These are getting increasingly hard to find in any condition and would make a good addition to an RAF collection. Clearly for sale as a display item only and contents definitely no longer for us! Measures 6.25” x6.25” (16 cm x 16 cm)
6120 FAA C Type Flying Helmet - Click for the bigger picture SoldFAA C Type Flying Helmet - The Fleet Air Arm variant of the standard C type helmet remains one of my favourites. Often mistaken for the B type it features the classic zip ear receiver cups and has the facility for Gosport tubes to be fitted as well for use for talk between crew members on aircraft such as the Swordfish. This example is the second pattern internally wired helmet and is fully wired with 10A/13466 pattern receivers fitted as well as a near mint loom and bell jack plug. Both receiver zips carry the original leather pull tab and are in good working order. Receiver foams are not fitted but could be added to this helmet to give the cups a better shape The helmet shell leather is generally sound with minor lifting to the finish on the rear of the helmet. All snaps are in working order and the oxygen mask clip is in place to take E*, G or H pattern oxygen masks. The shell carries a crisp broad arrow property mark and 22C.NIV stamp. Inside the lining is equally clean with signs of light use only. The velvet brow pad is in perfect condition. Whilst no size is marked the helmet seems to be a roomy 4 so a real bonus to find a scarce large size. The elastic chin strap is a little distorted but still displays well. Whilst not mint this is a great example of an issued helmet and would sit happily in any collection. More detailed pictures are available on request.
4761 RAF Plaque - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Plaque - A rather attractive example featuring the badge of the Royal Air Force of an eagle superimposed on a circlet which is surmounted by a Kings Crown. This badge was based on a design created by Gieves Ltd of Savile Row and it was first used in August 1918 with the original featuring a garter and buckle. The present plain circlet dates from 26 January 1923 when the badge was registered at the College of Arms. The RAF motto ‘Per Ardua Ad Astra’, translated to mean ‘Through Adversity To The Stars’ is shown around the edge with an impressive eagle in relief which is virtually flying off the shield! The crest shows minor age wear but is still in excellent display condition and the oak mount has a wall hanging loop to the back. Measurement wingtip to wingtip is 7.5” (18.5 cm) and top to bottom measures 9” (23 cm).
6077 104 Bomber Squadron Cigarette Case - Click for the bigger picture Sold104 Bomber Squadron Cigarette Case - 104 Squadron was an Operational Training Unit Group at the start of WW11. The squadron reformed at Driffield as an operational squadron on 1 April 1941, serving as a night bomber squadron. In October 1941 fifteen aircraft were flown to Malta, from where they attacked targets in Libya, Sicily and Italy and then moved on to to Egypt. The Squadron spent the rest of the war in the Mediterranean, first operating in the Western Desert and at the end of 1943 moving to southern Italy based at Foggia, flying its last Wellington Op on 27 February 1945, then converting to the Liberator V1 which was operated until October 1945. The Squadron then moved back to Egypt and was reequipped with Lancasters. Our cigarette case, which carries the Squadron crest with motto ‘Strike Hard’ set into the lid, as well as the initials HR, who we assume to be the wartime owner. On the reverse is a Liberator bomber carrying the code ‘P’. We believe therefore this case originated in Italy some time between February and October 1945. We do not recognise the wood (perhaps olive?) but suspect it is an Italian hardwood and custom made as a souvenir by the locals for the chaps on the Squadron at Foggia Airfield. The outer case shows some age wear but overall it is in good display condition and inside is a fitted interior. Sadly the history of ‘H.R.’ has been lost but a super souvenir relating to 104 Squadron who served with distinction throughout WW11. The Squadron was finally disbanded in April 1947. Measures 6”x 3.75”(15cm x 9 cm)
6452 RAF Style Mk V111 Flying/Motoring Goggles - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Style Mk V111 Flying/Motoring Goggles - On offer are a set of decent replica goggles based on the RAF Mk V111 pattern. We have no idea who made these as they do not carry any makers marks but they could have been aimed at the motorcycle market? The metal frames are silver painted and in excellent condition as are the clear lenses, although we can’t say for sure if safety glass has been fitted. The central nose adjustment bar is an exact copy of the RAF version. The outer face pads are made of leatherette finished plastic while the inner pads and inside nose cover are leather. The back strap in not to the original specification but is fully elastic with plastic adjustment clips. In general we try and stay away from reproduction kit but these came in with a mixed lot of flying kit and if nothing else would be ideal for an aviation themed fancy dress whilst ‘Mr Oldnautibits' himself recently used this set at a Mods & Rockers themed charity party!
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Marching or Flying by Night Without a Compass - Click for the bigger picture SoldMarching or Flying by Night Without a Compass

We spotted this modest volume on our travels recently and could not resist it! A very interesting and informative book by Colonel W.A.Tilney, first published in 1915, to aid both soldiers and aviators to find their way home when caught behind enemy lines or over enemy territory. Entitled " Marching or Flying by Night Without a Compass " this soft back example is the 11th edition published in 1940 when no doubt WW11 aviators and ground troops found it equally useful in the days long before GPS! It is in very good used condition and is named on the cover to E.P.Jones. It includes a ‘Timetable of Directional Stars’ for every month of the year and can be used between Latitudes 40 Degrees North - 55 Degrees North. In the introduction Col Tilney states ‘On the conclusion of hostilities in the Great war after the system had been tried and tested hundreds of men serving under my command owe their lives and liberty to this simple process’! The booklet contains fold out maps at the back showing stars in the north and south end of the heavenly dome as well as summer, autumn winter and spring direction stars as per the photographs. Would enhance any collection. Measures 6” x 3.5” (15 cm x 9 cm)

Pages: 57
Cover: Soft
Author: Colonel W.A.Tilney

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